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How do I paint laminated kitchen cabinets?
If your cabinetry is in good shape, painting is a great way to spruce them up without enduring the expense of replacing them. They key to getting a good end result from painting your laminate cabinetry is to take your time and do it right.
Remove doors and empty drawers from the cabinetry. Be sure to clean the cabinet doors prior to painting--a dirty, oily surface won't take the paint well. Sand cabinets and drawers with a 100-grit sandpaper, and clean again to make sure no grit is left behind. Next, clean and sand the bases (the parts attached to the walls). Now It's PRIME TIME! Don't skimp out and buy a cheap primer--this is a very important step. If it looks like the cabinetry could use two coats, it's best to err on the side of caution. Allow to dry completely before proceeding to the next step. Next, apply a coat of high-quality latex paint. Paint is not a place to pinch pennies (I learned the hard way after painting a piece of furniture with cheap latex paint. Needless to say it looked awful and it's no longer in my house); buy the highest quality paint you can afford. Allow the first coat to dry for 24 hours before applying the second coat, which must dry for 24 hours, as well. After you have waited 24 hours, apply a coat of clear sealer to the doors, drawer fronts and bases (essentially everywhere that you've painted). Sealer comes in gloss, hi-gloss, and can be painted or sprayed on. Allow the sealer to dry for 24 hours before replacing hardware and reinstalling doors and drawer fronts. Best of luck!